Course Title: Write nonfiction material

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4405 Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Title: Write nonfiction material

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2021


City Campus


515T Creative Industries

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2022

Course Contact: Dzintra Boyd and Sarah Vincent

Course Contact Phone: +61399254269 (Dzintra)

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

Writers draw inspiration from what they read, hear, see and experience – using their craft to turn real life to gripping nonfiction works. In this subject you’ll learn how to transform your own life, thoughts and ideas into publishable pieces. You’ll discover the art of journalling, how to draw out angles and pitch ideas, and the storytelling potential of longform nonfiction. This is a fantastic introduction to the art and craft of nonfiction writing.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUAWRT406 Write nonfiction material


1. Determine requirements for nonfiction material

2. Plan and prepare to write nonfiction material

3. Create draft of nonfiction material

4. Complete the nonfiction material

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

You will be able to:

  • analyse nonfiction writing
  • create and maintain a writer’s journal
  • plan and prepare short and extended nonfiction works.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a range of practical and theory components. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas.

This is a Vocational Education and Training qualification and is assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard required in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment